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Dr. Enid Slack

Director

The Director of the Institute is Dr. Enid Slack, one of Canada's foremost experts in municipal finance. Enid has been working in this field for over 35 years and is respected nationally and internationally for her research on property taxes and other aspects of municipal finance. Enid is an Adjunct Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Richard M. Bird

Senior Fellow

Dr. Richard M. Bird is professor emeritus in the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and Senior Fellow of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs. His research interests include tax policy and administration, local and regional finance, and intergovernmental fiscal relations.

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Joe Pennachetti

Senior Fellow

Joe Pennachetti is Senior Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. He has over 35 years of municipal financial management experience. As the Toronto City Manager from 2008 to 2015, Joe was responsible for 37,000 staff, an operating budget of $12 billion, and a $30 billion 10 year capital plan.

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Bernard Dafflon

Visiting Scholar

Bernard Dafflon is a Visiting Scholar at IMFG and Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Economic and Social Science, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Since 2013, he has been an advisor to the Tunisian government on decentralization.

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Harry Kitchen

Visiting Scholar

Harry Kitchen is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at Trent University. Harry is spending five months at the Institute researching the impact of changing demographics on municipal finances.

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Dr. Aaron A. Moore

Fellow

Dr. Aaron A. Moore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, at the University of Winnipeg. Aaron was formerly an Adjunct Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, U. of Waterloo, and King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, London. He received his Doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2009.

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Dr. Zack Taylor

Fellow

Dr. Zack Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Western University, where he teaches and researches on comparative urban political economy, regional planning and governance, local government and finance, and local public administration. He is also a non-practicing Registered Professional Planner in Ontario.

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Dr. Zachary Spicer

Visiting Researcher

Zachary Spicer is a Visiting Researcher with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance. He recently served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University. He received his PhD in Political Science from The University of Western Ontario and completed post-doctoral fellowships with the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP) at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Matthew Lesch

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Matthew Lesch is the 2017-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, and a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. He will be completing his Ph.D. this fall in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Matthew also holds an MA from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Western Ontario. His research specializes in the study of comparative public policy. His main research interests include fiscal policy, taxation, environmental policy, policy learning and cognition, policy feedback effects, and policy diffusion. 

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Selena Zhang

Manager, Programs and Research

Selena Zhang is the IMFG Manager, Programs and Research. She has led research and managed projects for local governments and non-profits in Canada and internationally. Selena has a background in public policy and global development, and holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto.

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Jamila Allidina

Administrator

Jamila-Khanom Allidina is the IMFG Administrator. Prior to joining IMFG, she worked with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), The Environics Institute for Survey Research, and the New York Writer’s Coalition in New York. She holds a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University. 

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